2018-19 Work Priorities


2017-18 Accomplishments

Continued to Build College & Career Leadership and Systems
  • Convened district college and career leaders and superintendents throughout the year to deepen conversations around shared work and priorities and to set new and updated targets.
  • Continued to explore postsecondary data needs of partner districts and tools to enhance K–12 to postsecondary system partnership in the student transition to postsecondary space.
Increased Financial Aid Completion
  • Convened a regional financial aid cohort for practitioners between August 2017 and May 2018 around best and current practices in financial aid completion.
  • Shared monthly financial aid completion reports with superintendents and district college and career leadership to increase awareness, monitor progress, and support data-informed student support practices.
  • Facilitated Financial Aid 101, 201 and strategy trainings.
Increased School-Based Career Connected Learning & STEM Awareness
  • Brought together educators and industry through student worksite tour opportunities and implement DiscoverU week in Pierce County school districts.
  • Shared Washington State Opportunity Scholarship application completion reporting with superintendents and college and career leads in order to raise awareness about this STEM-based financial aid and support districts in identifying and assisting students with the application.
Increased Student/Family Knowledge of Postsecondary Opportunities and Pathways
  • Distributed College Knowledge and financial aid toolkit resources and share findings and feedback from districts implementing these resources.
  • Developed T-2-4 messaging using student feedback.
  • Supported Pierce County higher education partners in developing and implementing shared regional postsecondary marketing to Pierce County high school students.

2016-17 Accomplishments

Increased partnership between Pierce County K12 districts and higher education (T-2-4, technical, two-year, and/or four-year options)
  • Formally launched Pierce County Strong Initiative (15 districts and 9 postsecondary institutions).
  • Hosted a series of leadership meetings with superintendents and college presidents to discuss regional data and goal setting.
  • Hosted workgroup meetings to determine shared targets and action plans for aligned work.
Established goals with shared/aligned targets for increasing effective high school pathway development and direct enrollment into postsecondary education and career
  • Hosted Dave Schuler from AASA. A national educational leader and successful superintendent in College and Career Readiness — College & Career Readiness
  • Hosted a regional follow up meeting focused on building a Culture of College and Career Readiness for district leadership (superintendents, college and career leads, CTE leads) with a focus on how to move best practice into action.
  • Provided ongoing support to districts and turnkey tools for implementation.
  • Hosting (May 31) board dinner with Pierce County K–12 districts to discuss board leadership/policy influence on College and Career Readiness/Success indicators. Dr. David Conley will be our guest facilitator.
Increased partnership building between district CTE and College and Career leads
  • Hosted a dual credit convening focused on student pathway development and instructional practice/reform for educators.
  • Formalized collaboration with PC3 (Pierce County Careers Connection) for ongoing professional development planning/trainings.
  • Hosted (May 31) workshop with Dr. David Conley for K–12 College and Career leads to discuss district-wide best practice and implementation.
Increased partnership between Pierce County WDC (WorkSource)
  • Aligned with recent employment pathway study for future Pierce County jobs.